Manto is an Indian biographical movie based on the life of famous Urdu author ‘Saadat Hasan Manto’, written and directed by Nandita Das. The movie traces the life of Manto during India-Pakistan partition.
Nandita Das roped in popular actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui to play the titular role of the Indo-Pakistani author, ‘Saadat Hasan Manto’.The film also stars Tahir Raj Bhasin who plays the role of Shyam Chadda, the Bollywood superstar, whereas Rasika Duggal essays the character of Manto’s wife and she has nailed this character.
Saadat Hasan Manto was known for his unfiltered and uncensored writings in the post-independence era. It is through this biopic that Nandita Das has showcased that Manto’s greatness lies in the fact that his writings still resonate with the masses even in today’s era.
Despite having no video or footage of Manto’s lifestyle Nawazuddin has tried to replicate his speaking style just by studying the rhythm in Manto’s writing. He has picked up all the characteristics of Manto.
The movie is based in the time period during the partition and the post-Independence days he spent in Lahore. Amidst India’s freedom struggle, Manto works as a Bollywood scriptwriter in the glittering film industry as a scriptwriter. Due to partition and the violence around him, Manto shifts to Lahore where he finds solace in his writings. The brutal violence that accompanied the partition has been beautifully in Manto’s writings and short stories. The movie also showcases partition as its focal point
Nawazuddin is known for his classic movies which are different from commercial, Bollywood masala movies. Manto is truly different from those mainstream movies.
Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor will be seen playing a special role in the movie. Divya Dutta, Ranvir Shorey, Rajshri Deshpande play pivotal roles in the movie.
This biopic has truly left audience stunned and all that we can say is that Nandita Das has delivered a brilliantly crafted biopic. Manto movie is truly a journey showcasing Saadat Hasan Manto’s enduring legacy.
‘Manto’: A Brilliantly Crafted Biopic by Nandita Das